A boy in New York has been greeting his local mail carrier for a long time. The mail carrier became worried when he suddenly disappeared. Once the truth was revealed, 25 mail trucks suddenly showed up outside his home.
Whenever the mail truck arrives, Matthew Watkins of Clay, Syracuse, would be sure to greet his mail carrier—and everyone knows that he wants to be a mail carrier himself. According to his mom, Jennifer, Matthew enjoys counting the number of mail trucks parked outside the post office.
“We would go take pictures at the post office. Count all the mail trucks to make sure they got home safe,” Jennifer told ABC13.
His sister, Sarah, added, “We just park next to the gate, and he just looks in and takes pictures on his iPad.”
One day, Matthew stopped greeting his mail carrier, and this went on for months. It turned out that Matthew was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in May 2015, and had been in and out of Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, and also the special care units in Rochester.
To bring comfort to Matthew during his eight-month stay at the hospital, the post office gave postal uniforms from retired carriers to Matthew. He wore the shirts every day, even when he was very sick, until his release from the hospital on Jan. 7, 2016.
Nurse Annie Agrasto, who’s also related to Matthew’s family, decided to give the then 17-year-old boy a surprise after he returned home.
That surprise was a special delivery from the Bayberry Post Office to their top supporter. With the Moyers Corners Fire Department escorting, a fleet of 25 postal trucks paraded from the Bayberry Plaza to Matthew’s home at Portobello Way, with Liverpool Postmaster Lindsey Hicks leading the carriers.
Dressed in his postal service hat and shirt, Matthew was glued to the trucks as they passed by.
“It’s definitely a welcome home present,” Jennifer said to syracuse.com.
Maureen Marion, a spokeswoman for the postal service, said that the carriers at Bayberry were eager to participate in the parade. “We wanted to give him a bump up. Actually, he gives us more of a bump up than we gave him,” she added.
His sister, Sarah, told ABC13, “He’s not defined by his disease, he wasn’t always like this.”
“He has a lot of work to do but he’s doing it he’s getting stronger every day,” Jennifer said.
Photo Credit: Video Screenshot | Postal-Reporter.